Weissenborn | Hawaiian Style 2 | 1920’s | 5 (our database)
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- Model: Weissenborn Style2
- Year: 1926
- Top: Koa
- Back and sides: Koa
- Scale 25 in.
- Length: 39 in.
- Upper bout: 10-1/4 in.
- Lower bout: 15-1/4 in.
German born Hermann Weissenborn initially started in New York but moved to Los Angeles around 1910 and offered a more standardised, refined building philosophy than Chris Knutsen and his guitars featured mostly x braced koa tops and several different “styles” with increasing levels of ornamentation. His “Weissenborn” guitars have an entirely hollow neck and were designed for lapsteel playing exclusively. This is a great original example of the midranged Style 2. Interesting the knot shadow on the back does not preclude the koa from being used in this fine instrument!
The prior owner has this to say about this guitar ” Very good condition for an 80+ year-old guitar. One top crack in the upper bout, high D string side, right at the edge. From everything I’ve been told, and from reading, I believe this to be 1926. “
Classic Instruments, Weissenborn Style#4, By: George Gruhn and Walter Carter, vintage guitar magazine, 3/13/2009
Christiaan Oyens, Weissenborn Knutsen the Hawaiian Steeel Guitar
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